The Berenstain Bears DVD Collection


One T.V. show I remember watching every single Saturday morning as a kid was The Berenstain Bears.  Not only did I enjoy reading the books, written by Stan and Jan Berenstain, but the T.V. series was one of my favorites.  A couple years ago I introduced Bella to The Berenstain Bears and she too, fell in love with them.  We have a lot of their books and ON DEMAND has a few of the episodes.

Personally, from a mom standpoint, I like that The Berenstain Bears because each book or television episode teaches the kids a lesson.  One that stands out in my mind that I watched with Bella was about manners.  It gave me a good chance to talk to Bella about the importance of manners and be able to reference something she just watched.  Bella’s not perfect, but to this day she still references what we saw on The Berenstain Bears show!

When I was asked if I would like to review The Berenstain Bears DVD Collection, it was a no brainer!

Plot Synopsis

Set in the rolling hills of Bear Country, this animated comedy stars a fun loving family of honey Bears whose love, loyalty and humour allow them to overcome any obstacle that finds its way down to their sunny dirt road.  The funny, familiar experiences of this bear family instill timeless life lessons and reflect the traditional community values of country life.

This box set has a runtime of 165 minutes.  It is available at Walmart stores for $29.99.  For information, check out Phase 4 Films at

Great Movies for Kids!


I’m always looking for movies that are appropriate for  my kids to watch.  It seems like all the movies that are coming out nowadays for kids are really pushing the envelope.  My kids, like most kids, are very impressionable.  So while a movie make them laugh hysterically, I often wonder if they are OK for them to watch…meaning, would I want them to mimic what they are seeing?  I was glad that The Three Stooges movie had the part at the end where they are shown how all the tools were fake.

Recently I was provided with two movies to review, MVP:  Most Valuable Primate and MVP 2:  Most Vertical Primate to review.  Both movies are from the same director and producer of Air Buddies (which…if you haven’t seen that movie, you must.  It’s cute!).

MVP:  Most Valuable Primate


When Jack, a sign language-speaking chimp, is sold to a research lab, he makes a break for freedom and ends up stranded in the frozen northlands.  Befriended by two teens, Jack’s talent for ice skating soon turns him into the local hockey team’s secret weapon.  Now, playoffs are in full swing and the lab officials are closing in.  Jack has one chance to prove that when it comes to skating away with the affections of an entire town, he doesn’t monkey around.

This movie has a running time of 93 minutes and it is rated PG (for some minor language).  You can pick this movie up at Walmart for $9.99!

MVP 2:  Most Vertical Primate


Jack is back, and this time he’s traded in his hockey skates for a skateboard!  When the beloved chimp is framed for something he didn’t do,  he ends up lost and alone in a strange city.  Befriended by Ben, a shy skateboarder kid, Jack reveals a hidden talent for totally awesome skateboard tricks!

This movie, the sequel to MVP:  Most Valuable Primate, has a running time of 87 minutes and is rated G.  This movie can be purchased at Walmart for $9.99!


My kids really enjoyed these movies!  My daughter is a total animal lover so anything that has an animal in it, she likes.  If you would like more information about these two movies, you can visit

Lincoln on Blu-ray and DVD!

disclosure-imageI normally don’t jump on all the hype about movies.  I know some people HAVE to see every single movie that is nominated each year just because it’s nominated.  That’s not me.  I mean, sure…it’s very impressive that a movie is nominated 108 times and has 47 total wins, but I see movies because they interest me.

From the moment I saw previews for the Steven Spielberg movie, Lincoln, I knew I had to see it.  Dan and I had great intentions of seeing it in the theater, but…well, you know how that goes!  But to be honest, I’m glad I got to see it at home .  Several times throughout the movie, we stopped the movie to discuss what we were watching.

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Inspired by the true-life events confronting Abraham Lincoln and his monumental moral and political challenge to amend the United States Constitution to permanently abolish slavery, Lincoln is a rich and compelling historical and human drama that has been hailed as one of the best films of the year.

The 4-Disc Combo Pack Includes:

Disc 1, Blu-ray Feature Film + Bonus

  • The Journey to Lincoln – Steven Spielberg and his collaborators discuss the challenges and excitement of bringing this story of a complex and very human president to the screen.
  • A Historic Tapestry:  Richmond, Virginia – Steven Spielberg and team discuss the historical significance of Richmond, Virginia, and why they chose to shoot the film there.

Disc 2, Blu-ray Additional Bonus

  • In the Company of Character – Delve into Daniel Day-Lewis’ portrayal of Lincoln, and discover the authenticity and openness created by the actors and filmmakers on set.
  • Crafting the Past – Examine the re-creation of Lincoln’s era through authentic period details in production design, costume and make-up.
  • Living with Lincoln – Follow Steven Spielberg, the cast and crew through the shooting of the film, from the battle at Jenkin’s Ferry, through the epic 13th Amendment showdown in the House of Representatives, to Lincoln’s tragic end.
  • In Lincoln’s Footsteps – Explore the film’s editing, sound design, and the subtle yet poignant musical score by John Williams, and discover how relevant and inspiring Lincoln still is today.

Disc 3, DVD Feature Film + Bonus

  • The Journey to Lincoln

Disc 4, Digital Copy of Feature Film

  • Watch it Anytime, Anywhere on Your Computer, and Portable Device

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you definitely want to pick it up!  I know this is something I could watch over and over again.  My son wants to watch it…though his reasons are a little different from mine.  You see, his third grade class got to visit a one room school house and dress in clothes from that time and pick “old fashion” sounding names.  My son chose Abraham Lincoln as his name.  Why?  Because he thinks that will make him president some day and he will have his face on money!  So when he saw this movie, he asked me if he could watch it.  While I won’t let him watch it now, I’m glad I have it to show him later!  Here’s a picture of him dressed in his old fashion clothes:


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id America Cushi iphone 5 Protector


I love my iphone.  It is in my  hand or pocket at any given moment of the day.  From the moment I’ve had a smartphone, I’ve loved it.  I love getting emails instantly; I love texting with my friends…we have whole conversations over text; and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit how much I love playing games!

I’m pretty particular on the kind of case I put on my phone.  I want to make sure it is protected, but also looks cute!  When I had the opportunity to try out the id America Cushi Protector for my iphone 5, I jumped at it.  First of all, I haven’t had a new case on my phone since I purchased it AND this new case had one of my favorite sayings on it, “Keep Calm and Carry On”  <– That should really be my motto!  I mean, look at my phone…doesn’t it look great?

id-America-CushiNow I will admit, when it first arrived, I was VERY skeptical.  I didn’t realize (or pay attention to what I was reading on their website) that it was a cushioned sticker on the back and front.  But once we got everything on, my phone feels just as protected!  I am pleasantly surprised!


  • 3D padded skin, front and back
  • Cushi Band Provides side protection
  • Soft cushion improves grip
  • All-around protection against drops and scratches

What You Get

  • Cushi 3D padded skin (for the back)
  • Cushi Band
  • Cushi 3D padded skin (for the front)
  • Cushi Home Button
  • Screen protector
  • Installation squeegee
  • Microfiber cleaning cloth

I’ve had this on my phone for a few days and I really like it.  There are a ton of options on their site…check it out!


One lucky winner will receive the same Cushi iphone 5 Protector Kit that is pictured above!

Horrid Henry: The Movie Review!

Last week a package showed up at the house telling us to have a family movie night with Horrid Henry:  The Movie…it even came with a gift card to Walmart to purchase the items we needed for the movie night!  The kids were beyond excited.  The Horrid Henry package contained:

  • Horrid Henry: The Movie in a limited edition package (with green goo!)
  • An assortment of Horrid Henry-inspired jokes…wind-up chattering teeth, a hand buzzer and a water balloon kit
  • A copy of the original Horrid Henry book


I told the kids that we needed to head to Walmart to pick out our movie night dinner.  At first I figured we would all try to agree on something for dinner, but then I got real…like we would EVER be able to agree on one meal!  So I told the kids we were having “grocery store dinner” and each person picked what they want!  Bella chose fish sticks, Zachary chose pizza rolls and they both agreed on an ice cream flavor for dessert!  Not the healthiest dinner, but it’s not like we have movie night every night!


When Henry fails yet again to hand in his homework for the umpteenth time, he inadvertently sets off an unexpected and curious chain of events.  He forms an unlikely alliance with Moody Margaret, the infuriating girl next door, outwits corrupt School Inspectors, topples an evil Headmaster, wins a talent contest, and stands up to his ultimate nemesis.  With each antic crazier than the last, Henry finds himself inexplicably trying to save the very school which he has always professed to hate.

The kids really enjoyed the movie.  As the antics got crazier, the more Zachary laughed.  I know he was thinking about all the things he could do with the hand buzzer!  I’ll have to make sure I check his back pack each morning…I don’t think his teacher would appreciate him bringing a bag of tricks to school!

Horrid Henry:  The Movie

  • Has a running time of 93 minutes
  • Cast consists of:  Theo Stevenson, Anjelica Huston, Parminder Nagra, and Richard E. Grant
  • Directed by Nick Moore
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Horrid Henry:  The Movie will be sold exclusively at Walmart for $14.86 and will be available on March 12, 2013!


Me and my pretty girl cuddling during the movie!